New graduates joined on with the Paulding County EMA CERT program after completing their training course. Those in the group photo include: Back row): EMA Director Stephen Dooley, Beth Adams, Ed Rutledge, Adam Fernandez, Gabrielle Arce-Larreta, George Hernandez (Front row): Amanda McCollum-Williams, Christina Martin, Terrie Barber, Delanie Carr, EMA Deputy Director Eve Cogsdell.

Note: The following item was provided by the Paulding County Emergency Management Agency. – KtE

DALLAS – Recently, the Paulding County Emergency Management Agency held a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course with 9 new volunteers successfully completing the registration and training requirements to join the team.

Training included classroom study and hands on practical exercises in the following topics: disaster preparedness, CERT organization, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, fire safety and utility controls, terrorism, and disaster medical operations. These blocks of instruction were delivered on weekday evenings throughout the month of October at the Paulding County Emergency Operations Center.

Graduates of the CERT Basic Training Course include Beth Adams, Gabrielle Arce-Larreta, Terrie Barber, Delanie Carr, Adam Fernandez, George Hernandez, Christina Martin, Amanda McCollum-Williams, and Ed Rutledge.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security promote the CERT Programs nationally as part of the Presidents Citizen Corps. FEMA supports CERT through grant funding and sponsoring train the trainer and program manager courses for members of the fire, medical, and emergency management community.

Paulding County EMA started its CERT Program in 2016 to assist with shelter management operations, search and rescue of missing persons, Skywarn storm spotter participation, and disaster recovery operations for incidents such as tornadoes or flooding. CERT Volunteers also assist with first aid, information, lost/found property, suspicious activity monitoring, and general safety at community events such as parades, festivals, and fireworks events.

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